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Nothing is sharper than a fine tailored suit . It evokes a certain kind of confidence and I think that is the most important part of a gentleman's wardrobe. However to my surprise, a lot of men get it all wrong when it comes down to the nitty-gritty.
In this blog, I am going to break it down to five simple rules, so you always look your best. Wear a !
If you are going to wear a suit, make sure it's a full suit and a combination of a suit jacket and a pair of trousers . They may be the same color, but the texture and shade can vary dramatically and anyone in the know will be able to tell the difference. Suit trousers always wear out faster than the jacket , so when purchasing a suit , it is always a wise investment to buy an additional pair of trousers.
To button or not to button that is the question most confusing for a lot of guys. Follow these rules and you will never get it wrong again.
Two-button jacket : The rule is very simple here. Never button the bottom button of your jacket ever!
Three-button jacket : The rule here is Sometimes (top button), Always (middle button) and never (bottom button).
Double-breasted jacket : Follow the same rules here as the single breasted jackets. 6x2 double breasted is the most popular style. As seen in the picture, the bottom buttonhole is never buttoned, just like its 2 button single-breasted counterparts. Functional cuffs : A fine tailored suit will always have working buttonholes. In this case, you want to always leave the bottom buttonhole opened. Waistcoat : Does not matter how many button is on the waistcoat . You want to always leave the last buttonhole on your waistcoat opened. Jacket length is very tricky because of the current crop jacket look. Unless you are going for a super trendy look, I recommend you to follow the classic jacket length rule. Jacket length should be half of your total body proportions. This way, you ensure that your seat is always covered, which is the most appropriate for the office. You can go shorter if you like, but make sure that the back of your jacket falls below your seat. Sleeve length is a very personal thing. Some guys like to show sleeve cuff while others prefer not. If you like to show a little cuff , make sure to show about 3/8 to 1/2, anything more than that will make your jacket sleeve length seem way too short. If you are not a fan of showing cuff , then make sure your jacket sleeve length falls right where the biggest part of your thumb begins, right below your wrist.
From left to right:
Sleeve is way too long.
Perfect amount of shirt cuff shown here
Sleeve is way too short.
The most contemporary style right now is the flat front trouser , no cuffs with a slight break. (Yes, showing socks is definitely a plus, so make sure you wear the nice ones!)
The more classic and elegant way to wear a pair of trouser is pleated with a cuff. It is definitely more of a retro look . If you are going to go with this style, the trick to making it more modern is to wear it with a 1 to 2 cuff with a very narrow bottom and a slight break.
One thing the Brits know how to do well is wear a good suit - and we have certainly not been short of sartorial inspiration during the celebrations. The chap that has stood out to me the most as looking especially suave at every occasion of the Olympics is David Beckham.
Beckham has played a role in the journey of the Olympic torch since May when it was brought from Athens to the UK at the start of the Torch Relay. As shown above Beckham went for a , the texture of which gives a little more depth to the without the need for a or .
A beautifully tailored suit, David wears a single breasted, two button jacket with notched lapels, double vents and straight flapped pockets paired with straight leg trousers. The pale pink shirt with black contrast tie works perfectly. You'll struggle to find Beckham without a Tie-pin when wearing a day suit- love it!. When the torch arrived in Britain David Beckham accompanied Princess Anne and Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. They had the honour of lighting the cauldron to celebrate the flame's official arrival. For this special occasion he returned to a notched collar and selected a darker suit colour, going with a navy.
Well, this year has already given us a glimpse of summer, and that can mean only one thing, time to lighten up our wardrobes in the hope that we reach those temperatures again. When it comes to suiting, we really should be pushing the heavy wools to the back and bringing out the light weight wools and linens.
I would opt in favour of , or our if you're looking for something for the office. It is nice and lightweight, but in a range of colours suitable for the office.
If you're heading off on holiday, or just want something more casual, try our Linens. There are some fantastic colours on offer this year. Have a look at my Linen Suiting blog to see some ideas. Of course, the three piece can be just as useful in summer as it is in winter. Think about leaving your jacket in the office when out for lunch. Wear your waistcoat instead. This will maintain the ultra smart appearance, whilst still keeping you cool. I've seen many of Edinburgh 's streets recently swarming with blokes who are cutting a dash with a waistcoat and trouser combo as well as a few famous faces.
Two of A Suit That Fits favourites do this look in the own way; Gary Barlow goes with his signature high chested six button waistcoat with a slight lossening of the tie to give it just a dash of the casual. David Beckham goes for a light grey waistcoat and trousers, worn with a tie but rolling up his sleeves to give his otherwise smart look a sporty feel. Colour also is an important factor when getting a new summer suit. I wouldn't advice a light grey or cream linen suit in the winter for instance but when the sun shines they are perfect colours. Light grey is a great shade for the office and cream for casual. It has never really gone out of style, proven by the image above. On the very far left we have Robert Redford in his younger days showing that separates are the way to go in his double breasted cream waistcoat with lapels and matching trousers. In the middle is Brad Pitt in a more relaxed outfit, wearing a two piece cream suit with an open collar shirt and last but not least we have P Diddy. He is wearing a two button notched collar, linen, cream suit with silver pocket square.
Men in Black; Valencia and Hernandez suits: Always slick both footballers look great in well cut slim fitting black suits with notched lapels and finished off with skinny ties.
David Beckham looks incredible smart in this . This is a very strong style and a statement piece for spring/summer 2012.
Javier Little Pea Hernandez looks so smart in this in a midnight blue suit with notched lapels and a subtle herringbone. Teamed with a crisp white shirt and pink tie the colours really go well together.
Ashley Young does the casual smart look pairing jeans with a slim fit jacket and waistcoat. A look that is perfect for hitting the clubs and something that all the ladies love.
Rio looking every bit the stylish playboy. His peaked lapels hint at power with his one button making for longer lines and showing off his slim physic. The black pocket square matched with his black shirt finishes the outfit and tells us that he's a man that means business!
Ryan Giggs looks sharp is this sharkskin slim fit two piece. Again emulating power with his peaked lapels, one button jacket and slanted flapped pockets.
Whilst we all love to be different from one another, one thing remains the same, we all want a well fitting suit. Unfortunately there are other factors at play and we loose sight of our original goal. How many times have you been swayed by a price tag, or a name, but been bitterly disappointed at some aspect of the garment you've just taken home? 'Sure, it's a lovely cloth, but the jacket is a little tight'.
'It'll do, as long as I don't button it up.' Or, 'Ooh it's Armani, or Hugo Boss, and it's on Sale. I've just got to have it.' Scenarios that happen probably every minute of every day on our high streets.
But the real question is Why?. We are all romanced by the shop windows, the magazine adverts, the TV adverts. We love to wear what the celebrities are seen in. How many of you guys have wanted The Beckham look at some point over the years. You take you hard earned wages to the shops, and you part with it just to be like your idols. You get home, look in the mirror only to find that, whilst it looked fantastic on Mr Beckham, it looks 'okay' on you. Bespoke is the answer to all of your questions. It is the plain and simple truth of the matter. A bespoke tailor will match your skin, hair and eye tones to the cloth that is perfect for you, not Russell Brand.
He or she will take measurements unique to your individual body shape, not Daniel Craig's. They will judge accurately your shoulder and back shape, not that of Ryan Reynolds. When the suit is ready to collect, you will put it on. You will stand in front of that mirror, and look at the person staring back. Then, and only then, will you realise - This is why the celebs look so good. Perfect shoulders, precise sleeve length, waist nipped in at the exact spot your body does. These are all attributes of a perfectly tailored garment. Not something you picked up one day after an hour on the high street. I mean, do you honestly think that Daniel Craig walks into Ralph Lauren, picks up a 40R jacket and 34R trousers, and emerges from the fitting room looking like he's ready for a magazine shoot? The truth is, that what is presented to you in a shop window, or a magazine advert, has been tailored on the model to within an inch of its life. This is what makes you think it'll do the same for you. And this is why you should take your hard earned money to your nearest tailor, and let him work his magic on you.
In my formative years: 9yrs old - football terrace fashion interested me much more than football terraces, and I was quick to join those leading the charge in the fashion stakes even if it cost me every penny I'd saved - causing my beloved parents no end of grief resulting in me being banned from family holidays at the age of 13 and we had to get a bus to that neighbouring town we'd been staunchly warned never to visit, not to mention a long way away when your 9.
Ironically, the sought after labels were almost exclusively associated with tennis. With the exception of Lyle Scott and Pringle, who were up until this point and thankfully have since been restored as the reserve of the golfing cognoscenti.
And though long established, these European brands were new to us and we couldn't get enough of our Lacaoste polo shirts, Fila, Tacchini and Kappa tracksuits, Ellesse caps, Lois cords (in sky blue, obviously, and hems split at the side seam) and Kicker boots, ah the memories. But back then it wasn't only new and exciting it was exclusive, something that cannot be said of football fashion today. Anyone can acquire the myriad brands at high street sports stores up and down the country.
So what of the old rear guard? What of chaps who still want to show their true colours, whilst remaining a cut above the rest, but who may not pass off a shiny tracksuit in the boardroom?
The answer is simple, personalise your bespoke suit with your teams strip!
Not even David Beckham, who is surely a sartorial inspiration for legion fans everywhere, has paid homage to his teams by wearing their colours in his suit .
Well, such is Darren Cox's love for his team - and one must imagine Claire's for Darren - that he had his wedding suit lined with QPR's strip!
There can be no denying the passion and commitment of an ardent football fan, so if your are commited to your cause, and want to wear your colours on or in your sleeve - not to mention the back the side and the front - and above all things keeping your look ship shape and Bristol fashion, maybe it's time you moved into the sartorial premier league and had your suits tailored in Bristol (City or Rovers), Manchester (United of City), or any one of our 34 locations nationwide.
In the Spring of this year we were told that the double breasted jacket was making a come back. We saw it a lot on the catwalks, but this last month in our Bristol Studio in Queen Square we've definitely been seeing it on the men of the South West.
With its heritage and style it's no wonder this long back seated garment is again taking the limelight. Jude Law
Prince Charles, Ryan Gosling and David Beckham
It is a long held myth that the Double breasted should only be worn by tall men of a medium to slim build but this is not necessarily true. It is the fit of the jacket and the swagger of the man that is important. The DB is a jacket that really benefits from tailoring at the waist, giving the wearer more prominent shoulders and an overall more impressive silhouette. Bristol has long be a city of innovation, with a reputation for an active and varied music and art scene. In terms of tailoring, we Bristolians (or adopted Bristolians) are no different. The art of the casual has had us in its grips for quite sometime but here in the South West tailoring and more specifically the double breasted is having a hay day.
Queen Square, Bristol
First in through our doors in Queen Square this Autumn was Alexander Priest. Alexander wanted a two piece suit with a double breasted four button (two fastening) jacket. He had a charcoal grey, medium weight blended herringbone wool (HAB-8) with a purple lining (D53 royal). Alexander went with a peaked lapel with double vents and straight flapped pockets. He teamed his DB jacket with straight leg trousers with a single pleats and high adjusters, no belt loops. The overall effect is that of a smart, elegant suit with a touch of fun with the purple lining. Alexander Priest Another great use of the DB jacket was a suit created by Ian Hughes. He also went with peaked lapels and a double vent but opted for a six button (two fastening) front. Ian picked our Sharkskin-5603-8, a fabric with a tonic weave, perfect for all seasons. This fabric is a wool viscose blend giving it a slight shiny finish and making it very smooth to the touch. Ian went for a straight leg trouser with double pleats. The double breasted jacket in sharkskin and teamed with Ian's height created a very stylish and commanding silhouette. Last but definitely not least was Keith Herod. Keith originally ordered a Double breasted suit in W1003, a pure dark grey, lightweight blended wool that is soft to the touch but very hard wearing. When he saw it he liked it so much he got himself another double breasted, same fabric but in a navy blue W1006-A. Keith also went with a peaked lapel and double vents, he had straight leg trousers with belt loops and a right back pocket. Peak lapels look great with a double breast front and double vents in the back. They add a twisted of 'English gent' something that suits Keith Herod very well. It just goes to show that timeless style and bespoke tailoring will never really go out of fashion because they transcend it.
In the third and final part of this special Prince William themed blog, I want to look at some of the other styles that William sported on his recent North America tour.
The first look, William wore to a reception at the British Consul Generals residence in Los Angeles. William was spotted chatting to David Beckham, who was looking dapper in a dark suit with a paisley pocket square and polka dot tie.
William went for a slightly more classic look, in keeping with his Royal status, with a navy suit, a blue and red striped regimental tie and the ivory pocket square he has successfully managed to pair with every outfit covered in this blog.
The navy suit appears to be the 1 button jacket he wore to the polo, with the matching trousers. If so, this would appear to be a very shrewd and versatile sartorial decision on his part. Most would not notice that the jacket were one and the same, as most would not notice the same pocket square being worn, but he uses them to great effect.
Also in LA, speaking at a BAFTA reception in the Duke and Duchesses honour, William was dressed in the prerequisite black tie. Maybe surprisingly, he wore a double breasted jacket. It had peak lapels and a 6x2 button configuration (6 buttons, of which 2 button up). Single breasted seems to be the most common choice nowadays but William seems to have given a nod to tradition or perhaps to his father who is fond of a double breasted jacket, in his choice for black tie.
He wears it well, choosing the ivory silk pocket square he has become most attached to on this Royal tour. William wears a pair of black brogues with his ensemble. A black tie purist would only be seen wearing patent opera pumps or polished black oxfords, but I think William manages to carry the look convincingly.
Over the course of the North American Royal visit, William has shown sartorial maturity and individuality which correlate well with his ancestry, affable personality and royal status. He manages to do both casual and formal without appearing pompous or contrived, coming across as refined and well put together. A true feat in modern day fashion.
Dressing for a wedding can be stressful at the best of times; dressing for a Royal Wedding however is a whole different ball game. Although to give them credit the celebrities did Prince William and Kate proud and turned up en masse in smart sartorial force.
Guy Ritchie took a leaf out of David Beckham's style book and opted for a grey tie to match his grey ; a look he carried off well even when faced with the style icon himself.
David Beckham wore a grey cravat, navy morning coat and matching waistcoat with grey trousers - the guy has serious style and makes his formal morning dress look modern with this colour combination. Colour choice can be the main way to distinguish yourself when attending a formal event that is typically full of the usual greys, blues and blacks. Elton John nailed this for the Royal Wedding with his yellow waistcoat and purple tie. For someone as flamboyant as Elton John it must be difficult to keep his dress formally acceptable but he clearly shows here how to add that extra something to a suit to show his personality.
His partner, David Furnish, chooses a more understated but very stylish grey tie and waistcoat. Kate Middleton's brother proves his fashion worth with his colour co-ordinated combination. James goes for a powder blue shirt with contrasting white collar, pale yellow waistcoat and pink tie but has youth and good looks to carry it off.
John Major on the other hand shows us how not to do it. Major's pink, blue and grey ensemble looks a little try hard, he should've gone for a white shirt with this look to keep it simple and sophisticated.
So take heed if you're attending a wedding this year: colour is good but make sure it complements rather than clashes, combining different shades of grey creates a smart and sophisticated look and finally if you want to stand out from the crowd go for a navy suit and clash with grey trousers for extra sytle points.
I don't know about you, but for me a suit isn't like an investment - it is an investment! Having a tailored suit that is perfect in its fit, look and style makes you feel a million dollars. It would be a shame to let all that effort go to waste by teaming it up with the wrong undergarments, wouldn't it? I'm talking about the shirt!.
When donning a classic black, charcoal grey or navy suit, it's pretty standard practice to team it up with a crisp white shirt, and then add a splash of colour with the tie. Here are a couple of suggestions of how to slightly veer off of this path, whilst retaining a smart and professional look: For black, opting for a light blue or an ivory shade can help soften the contrast between jacket and shirt, toning down the starkness of the classic funeral colours.
I love to match charcoal grey with a very light pink or grey shirt. The pink can then be toned down with a dark tie, whilst the grey can be brought to life with a striped tie with a bit of colour. Here is David Beckham in the grey-on-grey look during last summer's World Cup.
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